Benefits of a Credit Rated Course

Universities, ABC Awards, City and Guilds and the SQA are all awarding organisations.  They are government recognised and have the ability to provide nationally and internationally recognised qualifications. Following a rigorous process, awarding organisations also have the ability to credit rate private organisation courses and register them on the educational framework. All universities register their courses on the educational framework. The course will have a level e.g. level 7, which demonstrates the depth of the qualification.  They will also have credits and this shows how much learning is involved to achieve the qualification. This procedure was developed for a number of important reasons:


1/ Courses can be recognised internationally as most countries follow a similar framework.


2/ It allows employers such as the NHS and clients to clearly understand both the level of training and the volume of study carried out. If you study a course without a level and credits, this is especially tricky if you trying to demonstrate to potential employers the level and depth of the qualification that you hold.


3/ Membership bodies will understand the level and depth of training you have studied and be able to make an informed judgment whether to allow you to have the opportunity to become a full member. You can have your pick of complementary therapy membership bodies and not only be assigned to one membership body related to the course provider.


4/ Graduates can use the credits against future qualifications and it makes it easier to transfer credits between different learning programmes.  For example, if you would like to go to university, these credits can be used towards part of your degree or can be used as entry requirements.


5/ Insurance companies again will understand the level and depth of your training and this will enable you to access competitive quotes.


6/ Graduates will be given formal recognition of their work and you will study a nationally recognised qualification.


7/ The awarding bodies moderate training providers, which ensures both the public and the students that standards are being met and the information given is accurate.


An awarding organisation is very different from a membership association.  Some membership associations accredit therapy courses but this is becoming increasingly uncommon as students are placed at a disadvantage.  A membership association is not an awarding body and as such, cannot formally accredit or credit rate courses and register the course on the SCQF.  We know of training centres that have set up their own membership association and have accredited themselves.

Most membership organisations will not accept “fast track” therapy or distance learning courses graduates for full membership. It is essential to begin your therapy training with thorough and comprehensive teaching.